Cyber Security in the Maritime Port Sector: 

Posted by John Crowley on July 3, 2017 5:25 PM EDT

I summarize NAWE's position on cyber security in view of recent attacks.

In recent days, we have been reading about a cyber incident within the global maritime and port sectors and reminded of the commercial risks from attacks on cyber systems.  Congressional and media representatives are included among us who consider its lessons.  I offer a few observations here, they are drawn largely from NAWE’s views submitted in April 2015 to the U.S. Coast Guard published request for views and remain applicable.  1) It is well recognized that cyber security is a critical and evolving effort by all – no less by the port operator community; no one seeming to have unlocked the secret to assuring security.  2)  The maritime and port sectors and subsectors within each community are drastically different in terms of cyber systems usage and security needs.  3)  The owner and operator of specific cyber systems, while not being expert or perfect, is best placed for making decisions on prevention and mitigation measures.  4)  The government’s role and function in cyber security is still not clear, but it should be encouraged to provide and improve the functioning of forums for sharing the information and insight it has with cyber system operators.

NAWE is committed to encourage continued maturation of cyber security practices within our membership.

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